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Old 08-06-2015, 03:16 AM   #1
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Michigan along the lake

We would like to take in some trips to Michigan along the lake from Holland area and north. Any suggestions? We are into Antique stores and wineries.
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I visited a friend in Spring Lake Mich. and we took a day trip to Saugatuck, Mich. (about 15 miles south of Holland.) Great marina village with little street side shops, ice creme, fudge and local artist goods. Great restaurant Saugatuck Landing, over looking the marina on Kalamazoo Lake. They also have boat cruises. We liked it so much we went two separate days. If you decide to go, go early due to lots of people in area and parking is hard to come by after 10:00 am. The restaurant is worth the trip. Right on a park and marina.
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Zero in on the Traverse City area for wineries and the small surrounding towns for antiquing. It's a gorgeous area.
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See if you can book into Magnus Park in Petoskey. Right on the water and very reasonable. Beautiful area with a 30 mile bike/walking trail that runs from Charlevoix to Harbor Springs.
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Actually you can start a little more south in S.Haven for wineries. Making your way north, Holland, Grand Haven are nice towns to visit. Grand Haven has a great state park right on Lake MI. Sites are tight, basically a parking lot but the sunsets are awesome and a really nice Boardwalk. Pentwater is another quaint town with lots of shops a scenic waterfront. Ludington is a very popular place and usually crowded. The last coal fired ferry operates out of this port to Wisconsin. From there the shore line is really beautiful with high bluffs as you make your way through Manistee. Take Rt.22 N from Manistee through Frankfort along Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore to Leland. You can then turn E to Traverse City. The peninsula has quit a few wineries. From there Elk Rapids, Charlevoix and Petoskey/Harbor Springs are all great places. You may want to call ahead for campgrounds especially for weekends.
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Is M22 & M19 suitable for big rigs w/toad?
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You're in for a treat! The whole Lake Michigan coast, especially the areas mentioned here, will be right up your alley. Go explore.
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We just got back from a 4 day trip to Michigan. We stayed at the VanBuren State Park in South Haven. The camping spot we had was really nice, #94, it was at the back of the loop and long. It is a short walk, maybe 15 min to the lake. Only issue was it borders on the property of a nuclear power plant and the next morning they had an issue and a safety relief valve on the boiler tripped off at 6 in the morning and woke us all up, lasted for 4 hrs. The plant was going through there annual shutdown and maintenance. We had lunch in South Haven on the harbor, great view and great food, weather was great, 70's during the day and not a cloud in the sky. October is a great time to go, very few people and great weather. The next day we went into Saugatuck, again, another great lunch on the harbor and great food. My only issue with state parks in Michigan is that on top of the camping fees, they also charge a recreational fee. $9.00 a day for the Motor Home and $6.00 a day for the car. You can buy an annual pass as a non-resident for $31.00 but you have to have one for each vehicle, the Motorhome and the car you are towing. Other then that it was a great trip.
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